Crane Song Falcon Tube Compressor - 500 Series


92 out of 100. Incorporating 10+ ratings and reviews.

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Crane Song Falcon 500 Series Tube Compressor

Gearank High Notes

Gearank Recommendation

The Crane Song Falcon appeared on our recommended list for 500 Series Compressors when we published the first edition in May 2017 and its high ratings kept it on the list until November 2022 when it was out-ranked by the RND 543 and RND 535.

Rating Source Highlights

Website Source *Rating Value
Sound On Sound Bob Thomas 98/100
Bonedo Hannes Bieger 100/100
*Displayed values are prior to the Gearank Algorithm's adjustments it makes when evaluating the source.


Crane Song's Falcon 500 Series module is a classic vintage sounding tube compressor with modern versatility.

It features hard and soft knee choices for compression and limiting, as well as 3 attack and release time settings.

It has a color switch which changes its audio path to have negative feedback for a more colored vintage compression. The color switch also provides an option to not have negative feedback for a cleaner sound.

Its wet/dry mix knob makes parallel compression easy to use and is linkable with other Falcon modules for a full surround sound compression purpose.


  • Controls:Attack, Release, Meter, Limit/Compress, Color, Mix, Threshold, Gain
  • Input/Output Impedance:
  • Maximum Input Levels/Output Levels: +26 dbu
  • Attack: 100uS; 7mS; 20mS
  • Release: 75mS to 200mS; 300mS to 1S; 1.4S to 3.5S;
  • Ratio: Depends on gain reduction
  • Threshold:
  • Power Requirement: 110mA